Police patrols increasing for holiday

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department will increase patrols for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Nov. 11 through Dec. 4, to encourage drivers and passengers to drive sober and buckle up for safety.

Local deputies will join more than 250 state and local enforcement agencies in conducting high-visibility patrols.

Increased enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday period is an annual statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department from the traffic safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Sixteen officers will work overtime to conduct sobriety patrols, checkpoints and seat belt patrols around the clock.

“With Thanksgiving being a major travel time each year, it’s important we stay vigilant in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe for drivers and their passengers,” Jennings County Sheriff Gary M. Driver said.

The sheriff added that if motorists see something unsafe on the roads to call 911 and report it.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.